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Parke Hill Davis

Parke Hill Davis (College football.  Born, Kiantone, NY, July 16, 1871; died, Easton, PA, June 5, 1934.)  A Princeton tackle who became a district attorney, Parke Hill Davis was also a college football coach and the game’s leading historian during his lifetime.  Davis started at tackle for Princeton in 1981 and 1892 (the teams were […]

Fritz Crisler

Fritz Crisler (College football.  Born, Earlville, IL, Jan.12, 1899; died, Ann Arbor, MI, Aug. 19, 1982.)  Considered the father of two-platoon football, Herbert Orin Crisler was also the most successful Princeton coach ever.  Crisler coached the Tigers for six seasons (1932-37), posting a record of 35-9-5 for a .765 winning percentage, the best ever for […]

Dick Colman

Dick Colman (College football.  Born, New York, NY, Nov. 11, 1914; died, Middlebury, VT, Apr. 5, 1982.)  An authority on single-wing football, Richard W. Colman, Jr., succeeded Charlie Caldwell as head coach at Princeton before the 1957 season when Caldwell was taken ill.  Colman took the position permanently on his 43rd birthday.  In 12 seasons (1957-68) […]

Charlie Caldwell

Charlie Caldwell (College football.  Born, Bristol, VA-TN, Aug. 2, 1901; died, Princeton, NJ, Nov. 1, 1957.)  In the glory days of single-wing football at Princeton, Charles W. Caldwell, Jr., abjured the T-formation successfully by winning with the supposedly “outmoded” formation.  Caldwell took over the Tigers in 1945, moving from Williams.  His immediate post-war teams were not […]

Hobey Baker

Hobey Baker (Hockey.  Born, Wissahickon, PA, Jan. 15, 1892; died, Toul, France, Dec. 21, 1918.)  When hockey was a seven-man game played largely on uneven outdoor rinks, Hobart Amory Hare Baker was considered the finest player in the U.S. by a wide margin.  Baker flashed his talent for St. Paul’s, his prep school, and championship […]

Snake Ames

Snake Ames (College football.  Born, Chicago, IL, 1868; died, Chicago, IL, Dec. 23, 1931.)  A Princeton fullback (1886-89), Knowlton L. Ames made all-America in 1889.  He scored 730 points in four seasons, mainly on two-point kicks after touchdowns (176) and five-point field goals (26), but also ran for 62 touchdowns at four points each.

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